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Taliban university ban separates brother and sister's future
World

Taliban university ban separates brother and sister's future

Women are now banned from attending university in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, where they have been steadily stripped of their freedoms over the past year

Iran anti-hijab protests: President Raisi vows 'decisive action' on wave of women-led protests
World

Iran anti-hijab protests: President Raisi vows 'decisive action' on wave of women-led protests

Speaking with relatives of a Basij militiaman killed in the city of Mashhad, Iran's ultra-conservative President labelled the protests "riots" and urged "decisive action against the opponents of the security and peace of the country and the people", his office said

COVID-19 pandemic second anniversary: Three things we got wrong, and 3 things to watch out for
World

COVID-19 pandemic second anniversary: Three things we got wrong, and 3 things to watch out for

'Give us our freedom back' is now a commonly heard cry, even if the inevitable consequence means this is at the expense of elderly and vulnerable people

World Day of Social Justice 2022: Find out theme, history, significance of this day
World

World Day of Social Justice 2022: Find out theme, history, significance of this day

The theme for this year's World Day of Social Justice is ‘Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment’, which the United Nations believes is a necessary condition to reduce poverty and inequalities in society

Society that Indian Constitution envisions is one founded on freedom, drawing from historical resistance to oppression
Arts & Culture

Society that Indian Constitution envisions is one founded on freedom, drawing from historical resistance to oppression

If freedom is not practiced in society — in our structures and our institutions — the Constitution’s promises will remain promises only.

Charlie Hebdo attack trial: 'Nothing to regret' over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, magazine's chief tells court
World

Charlie Hebdo attack trial: 'Nothing to regret' over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, magazine's chief tells court

Laurent Sourisseau, who was badly wounded when Islamist gunmen attacked the French weekly's office in Paris in 2015, also said that he doesn't want to be "dependent on the insane arbitrariness of fanatics"

The politics of mask making and wearing: From Uighur Muslims' forced labour, to the 'freedom' of anti-maskers
World

The politics of mask making and wearing: From Uighur Muslims' forced labour, to the 'freedom' of anti-maskers

A piece of cloth that is stitched under forced labour, that has witnessed the extremes of human freedom being trampled upon, travels to a country where an anti-mask movement rages on

COVID-19 has robbed Indian women of their hard-won privacy — that obscure thing society thinks they don't need
India

COVID-19 has robbed Indian women of their hard-won privacy — that obscure thing society thinks they don't need

As women, we wear our confinement as our second skin. In return, what we have carved out is our own space — a necessity that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away

Paatal Lok's Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi lead a breed of streaming stars who finally got their due on digital platforms
Entertainment

Paatal Lok's Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi lead a breed of streaming stars who finally got their due on digital platforms

Jaideep Ahlawat and Neeraj Kabi join a long list of actors, including Shefali Shah, Sobhita Dhulipala, Gulshan Devaiah, and Rasika Dugal, who have aided their careers with their digital presence.

Uber temporarily suspends account of Mumbai driver who took Jaipur poet to cops; BJP MLA felicitates cabbie with 'Alert Citizenship Award'
India

Uber temporarily suspends account of Mumbai driver who took Jaipur poet to cops; BJP MLA felicitates cabbie with 'Alert Citizenship Award'

The Uber driver who took 23-year-old poet, Bappadittya Sarkar, to a Mumbai police station after he overheard the poet's phone conservation about anti-CAA protest was suspended for 72-hours, reports Mumbai Mirror

Poet whose Uber ride ended at police station for espousing anti-CAA view: 'Can't normalise going to jail for having an opinion'
India

Poet whose Uber ride ended at police station for espousing anti-CAA view: 'Can't normalise going to jail for having an opinion'

Soon after starting his trip on an Uber cab, while speaking to one of his friends over the phone, Bappadittya Sarkar was turned in to the cops by the cab driver over suspicions of him being a "communist" and indulging in anti-national activities.

Netflix India unveils 2020 slate, projects by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Vikramaditya Motwane, Karan Johar
Entertainment

Netflix India unveils 2020 slate, projects by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Vikramaditya Motwane, Karan Johar

Netflix India has collaborated with Anurag Kashyap for Choked, Dibakar Banerjee for Freedom, Vikramaditya Motwane for AK vs AK, and Karan Johar for an anthology.

Watch: In I-Day message, Shanta Gokhale says, 'Punishing the victim is what we see today'
Life

Watch: In I-Day message, Shanta Gokhale says, 'Punishing the victim is what we see today'

Eminent cultural critic Shanta Gokhale says the classic song 'Woh Subah Kabhi To Aayegi' from the movie Phir Subah Hogi is very indicative of the state of affairs today

Our freedoms are fragile, as we must remember on 73rd Independence Day and Sec 377 ruling anniversary
long-reads

Our freedoms are fragile, as we must remember on 73rd Independence Day and Sec 377 ruling anniversary

The judgment which struck down the law outlawing who we could love in the sanctity of our personal lives had this to say on freedom: Sexual autonomy and the right to choose a partner of one‘s choice is an inherent aspect of the right to life and right to autonomy.

India's 73rd Independence Day is here, but nothing approaching true freedom has been attained yet
India

India's 73rd Independence Day is here, but nothing approaching true freedom has been attained yet

Freedom is a big word that often means little. A map and a flag do not really constitute freedom for the people living within any territory. Nor does having a vote. These are beautiful notions.

Sahitya Akademi awardee Tanuj Solanki on freedom, Article 370, and the irrelevance of the 'apolitical artist'
Life

Sahitya Akademi awardee Tanuj Solanki on freedom, Article 370, and the irrelevance of the 'apolitical artist'

Tanuj Solanki, panelist on HarperCollins India's debate, speaks about how he defines and understands freedom, what the scrapping of Article 370 means for India as a democracy, and the role of writers and artists in today’s socio-political milieu, and more.

Does freedom exist? Writers come together to discuss the question at HarperCollins' upcoming debate
Life

Does freedom exist? Writers come together to discuss the question at HarperCollins' upcoming debate

HarperCollins' 'The Debate' is back with its second edition, this time asking: Does freedom exist? Panelists Taslima Nasreen, Tanuj Solanki and Aanchal Malhotra take up the question in the upcoming event in Delhi's India International Centre.

The Lion King: The Gift review — Beyoncé's album celebrates African culture, makes a big political statement
Entertainment

The Lion King: The Gift review — Beyoncé's album celebrates African culture, makes a big political statement

The Lion King: the Gift, curated and executive produced by Beyoncé, is a complementary album to the official soundtrack of the 2019 remake.

Taiwan says 'unrepentant' China covers up truth about Tiananmen Square crackdown even today
World

Taiwan says 'unrepentant' China covers up truth about Tiananmen Square crackdown even today

China not only did not plan to repent for the Tiananmen Square crackdown, but it also continues to cover up the truth, Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post.

Cannes 2019 day 7 roundup: Elle Fanning faints at Chopard Trophee dinner; Alain Delon receives honorary Palme d’Or
Entertainment

Cannes 2019 day 7 roundup: Elle Fanning faints at Chopard Trophee dinner; Alain Delon receives honorary Palme d’Or

Mallika Sherawat and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were also present at the Cannes 2019 red carpet.